Every bride wants to feel her best on the big day, Jan Inglis has pared down her favourite pre-wedding beauty pointers..'here are a few of the most popular questions that I get asked by brides who are wanting to look their best for their wedding and honeymoon.'
What should I be eating to look fit and healthy for my big day?
Avoid diets at all costs. Meal replacement bars/shakes or gimmicky nutrition meals tend to target your muscles and water supply. Loss of muscle reduces your metabolic rate. Remember hungry is not healthy!
Think about eating more, not less. Try to eat 'naturally', avoiding processed foods and instead load your plate with colourful vegetables or salad - this will provide you with a range of nutrients for glowing skin, vitality and will also fill you up. Vary your meals and get on top of meal planning, so you're not tempted to make poor choices or nip off for a takeaway! Have an armoury of snacks at your desk to ward off afternoon hunger pangs - vegetable sticks are perfect, as are rice or oat cakes, or measured portions of nuts/seeds. Remember, poor planning, especially for that 4pm slump, is best friend to the vending machine!
Drink lots of water! This is again good for your skin, your metabolism and your energy levels.
You don’t have to give up all your favourite foods during your engagement, just remember the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy, 20% what you fancy!
I would like to trim down, what are the best tips for burning body fat?
Get moving! running, skipping, cycling, boxing and aerobicswill help you burn body fat.
Engaging in regular resistance training also increases the number of active muscle fibres which boosts your metabolic rate and results in lovely sculptured arms, legs and abs ready for your big day and honeymoon. NB: Weights will not make you look like the Hulk!
Do I have to stop drinking alcohol to be fit and healthy?
Don't become so fanatical about your wedding shape that you forget to enjoy your engagement and the month’s leading up to the wedding.
That said, if you do have a weight loss goal in mind excessive alcohol won’t help. I know so many girls who wouldn't dream of eating two Mars Bars but would happily sink a bottle of wine ……. they each have the same amount of calories…….
Reducing alcohol intake will also give you more energy, better hydration and a glowing skin.
If you do want a drink, opt for light spirits with low calorie mixers, white wine spritzers or champagne as opposed to beers, lagers, mixed drinks, creamy cocktails or ciders.
I have decided to get fit and healthy for my wedding. How long before the wedding do I need to begin training?
3 months minimum if possible, but you can get great results with less. If you want to lose weight remember that healthy weight loss takes time, and max loss should be about 1-2 pounds a week - crash dieting can leave you looking gaunt and feeling exhausted, plus it reduces your metabolic rate so you pile on those pounds right back on during your honeymoon.
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